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Hey Flatbush Junctioners! Know Your Storm Flood Zone!

OEM Flood Zone Locator
OEM Flood Zone Locator

Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

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This summer, with all of the Hurricane Hype, our insurance company of over twenty years (Liberty Mutual) dropped us because of the risk of flood damage and since we have a wood-framed home. This was a week before a re-finance from an adjustable mortgage. Convenient! A buddy sent me a flood map and there is a finger of flood water that runs from Paerdegat Basin in Canarsie down Farragut past our block and over Nostrand Avenue in the event of a major hurricane (or Nor’Easter). The OEM site allows you to enter your address to find your flood zone. It’s amazing how a few numbers makes such a difference. Location Location Location! PS: Liberty Mutual recently sent us a letter asking us back as customers- at a higher premium of course!

Updated link to Gowanus Lounge’s  4/07 posting. 1/4/08


  1. xrisfg says:

    Our insurer, AllState, dropped all of Brooklyn last year, zones be damned.

    Another way to view the risk zones is the OASIS Mapping Service, which includes a layer for Coastal Storm Impact Zones.

    Thanks for the the CyArk link. I didn’t know about that site. 100-meter rise seems a bit extreme, though!

  2. fadingad says:

    What are the projections for sea-level rise when the next Antarctic shelf goes? The loss of Greenland’s ice mass will be devastating, no? Don’t think Zone C will make a difference. Do you remember the Noreaster from around ten years back that flooded Battery Park and Williamsburg. Scary stuff. Growing up in Amsterdam, I know how important the dikes are there. Can’t imagine what could be done for the Lowlands in the event of a drastic rise. Perhaps New Orleans is an indication of what’s to come?

  3. Landon Silla says:

    Estimations vary, but it is generally accepted that the melting of Greenland and Antarctica will be 7 and 73 meters respectively. For more information, please go here.

    Also, as was displayed above, but not linked, you can view the fully interactive hazard map and view what will be inundated at what sea level rise.

  4. fadingad says:

    Landon- Thanks for the added info on flood estimates. I fixed the linking glitch. 🙂 Jump

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